Loudoun Symphony presents

Celebrating the Holidays

A Holiday Celebration


Loudoun Symphony Celebrates The Holidays!

Featuring members of Loudoun Symphony Youth Orchestras and Past Performances of LSO

Opening music: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane

Performed by LSYO Symphony Orchestra December 2020 under the baton of Dr. Hayden Denesha


We Wish You A Merry Christmas (arr. Myanna Harvey)

Krystal Calhoun, violin

String Orchestra

Auld Lang Syne - Traditional

Victor Hamra Winterstein, violin and viola

Philharmonic Orchestra

Canon in D for Cello and Piano - Johann Pachelbel (arr. John Littler and Lindsay Antikainen)

Sofia Burbano, cello and Daniel Burbano, piano

Philharmonic Orchestra

Selection from LSO “A Holiday Postcard” December 2020

Dance of the Mirlitons from The Nutcracker for 3 flutes

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (arr. David Bussick)

Michelle Rippey, Craig Marlowe and Ashley Sanchez

About the Artists

Krystal Calhoun has been playing the violin for four years having been taught by her grandmother via Skype before virtual learning was "cool." She has also sung with the Fairfax Choral Society youth chorus and looks forward to singing with them again soon. Krystal enjoys studying history, building with Legos, playing outside, and video games.

Victor Winterstein is a freshman at South Lakes High School in Herndon. He’s been playing violin for almost 9 years with a private teacher and also with LSYO. He also also plays the viola and the double bass.

Siblings Sofia Burbano and Daniel Burbano have been playing their instruments since 2015 and enjoy playing duets for Cello and Piano together. Sofia is currently in 8th grade at Eagle Ridge Middle School and plays in the school's String Orchestra. Daniel is in 10th grade at Briar Woods High School and plays percussion in the school's Concert Band. They both love being members of the LSYO Philharmonic Orchestra which they joined in 2019.

Ms. Rippey has been playing the flute since the age of ten. She studied flute through high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Flute Performance and a Master’s Degree in Education. In addition to playing flute and piccolo with the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Rippey enjoys performing as a freelance soloist and chamber musician throughout Maryland and Northern Virginia. Ms. Rippey has a passion for teaching flute and piccolo and maintains a private flute studio teaching lessons both in Loudoun County, VA and Frederick County, MD.

Flutist Ashley Bowen-Sanchez is an active freelance musician in the D.C. Metropolitan area. Currently, Ashley is a member of the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACO). She began her flute studies with Wendy Webb Kumer, then continued with George Pope, Mary Kay Robinson, and Walfrid Kujala. Ashley holds degrees in flute performance from the University of Akron (B.M) and Northwestern University (M.M.).

Flutist Craig Marlowe is a native of Loudoun County, Virginia, and currently holds the Principal Flute positions in the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra, and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington (PACO).

Notes on the Music

Traditional Christmas carols generally are quite religious. However, "We Wish You a Merry Christmas," broke the established order, offering more of a playful take on the holiday. The identity of the composer remains a mystery to date. However, its origins are widely believed to be the sixteenth-century, where it was dedicated to carolers who performed for the entertainment of the rich and powerful. (

"Auld Lang Syne" is traditionally sung to bid farewell to the old year at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. The text is a Scots-language poem written by Robert Burns in 1788, In 1799, it was set to a traditional tune, which has since become standard. (wikipedia)

“Pachelbel's Canon” is an accompanied canon by the German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel in his Canon and Gigue for 3 violins and basso continuo. It is sometimes called Canon and Gigue in D or Canon in D. Neither the date nor the circumstances of its composition are known (suggested dates range from 1680 to 1706), and the oldest surviving manuscript copy of the piece dates from the 19th century. (wikipedia)

Also known as “Dance of the Reed Pipes”, or “Marzipan”, “Dance of the Mirlitons” is one of the most famous numbers from The Nutcracker. It was originally featured in the second act of the ballet, played immediately after the also popular “Russian Dance”. The piece is featured in the classic 1940 Disney film Fantasia.

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